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An Inspector Calls: The Radio Play

08 December 2016
An Inspector Calls: The Radio Play

This term's drama production was our own version of J. B Priestley's 1945 play, An Inspector Calls'. The radio play format was one which was extremely popular in the 1940s and 50s before the advent of television, and BBC radio (especially Radio 4) recorded a number of classic plays which were listened to by millions. For those who could not afford to go to the theatre, it was an excellent way to experience the drama of the day. Our play was set in a BBC radio studio in 1946.

The use of voice is extremely important in conveying the tension and drama of the action, so, with our performers, some of whom study drama for GCSE, we tried to present the piece in as clear and dynamic way as possible, which they certainly achieved in both performances.

Because the play is a GCSE set text, Years 9, 10 and 11 were able to enjoy it and benefited from seeing it from a different perspective. We also had pupils attend from both Whitchurch and Cardiff High School.

This particular performance relied heavily on the expertise of the technical team, who have planned and prepared all the sound and lighting effects, so vital to a live radio play. Huge thanks goes to: Josh, Oli, Harri, Sam, Iago, Pandora and Joe.

But, of course, we could not have had a show without our talented actors who performed with focus and aplomb during both performances. Thanks must go to: Tarkan, Jenna, Lily-May, Padrig, Iwan, Evan, Olivia, Ffion, Finn, Tabitha, Ben and Gracie, not forgetting Olivia, who helped backstage and with the make-up.

Well done, everyone.

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